GENESEO – Geneseo’s Main Street water and sewer overhaul project continues to work extra hours behind schedule in its 13th week, and Village officials have begun to make serious changes to the plan due to concerns that the work will not be done in time.
Jason Frazier, Street Superintendent for the Village of Geneseo, gave an update on the project at Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting and asked that the Village approve a change order to put the finishing touches to the paving of the street in June 2016.
“What we plan is to finish the project 100 percent next year, meaning milling and paving” said Frazier. “From Ward to Center will be paved. Court Street will be done, Bank Street we’re still on the fence. For the soil remediation we are digging seven feet deep, so letting it freeze-thaw, we will get a better product in the end.”
Mayor Richard Hatheway confirmed that from the end of this year’s work until the start of repaving in June 2016, the entire length of Main Street will be paved with coarse blacktop binder instead of fine asphalt.
Frazier said that the project will likely still extend past its deadline of Sept. 28.
“The 28th is the deadline, but I don’t think they will hit that,” said Frazier. “It will probably be mid-October.”
The Village Board said that though there have been delays, the project has gone on otherwise exactly as promised.
“You might say there is some disappointment that the project went on longer than anticipated,” said Mayor Hatheway. “But that’s not MRB’s fault, not the Village’s fault, it’s just something that happened.”
The project was originally slated for completion by Aug. 20, 2015.
“Some of the problems have been created by the contractor,” added Hatheway.